of students agree that mentoring made them more likely to put themselves forward for new, challenging situations.

Since we launched in 2014, we've matched over 100 young people with professionals across 30+ creative companies.

Our young people make on average between 5-10 professional connections as a result of the mentoring programme.

93% agree that mentoring helped them understand the different roles and career paths in the creative industries.

12% CMN Students Alumni work in full-time positions in the creative industries at organisations including the BBC, Maxus Global and Lush Digital.

CMN Alumni have gone onto take up opportunities at creative organisations including M&C Saatchi, Wieden + Kennedy, BT Sport, Neulion, IDEO, Rattling Stick, People of Print, London Film Studio, RPM, WCRS, Slice, Global Brands Group, Warner Music, Smuggler, Electric Theatre Collective, Monocle Magazine, Familia Films.

>> Download a copy of our 2017 impact report

CMN INdustry benchmark

Our benchmark indicates creative companies who invest in nurturing diverse talent from an early age.

"Mentoring for me has been an eye-opener. While my mentee has gained a better understanding of the industry today, I feel he's shown me what it might be tomorrow."

Jagmit, Tech Lead at Tribal

Momina, 17, Newham 


“With the new connections I've made, I feel much more confident and excited about starting my career.”

Momina, a 6th Form student at St Angela’s school in Newham, came through the programme in early 2017. Currently studying for A-Levels, when she leaves education her ambition is to work as a Creative Producer. According to Momina this forward-thinking comes largely from the clarity she gained through being on the CMN programme, “It has helped make my choice of career path in the future much clearer” she explains.>> Read the full story

Meet our Mentors and Mentees:
The CMN Alumni

>> Meet The CMN Alumni

Jagmit | Mentor | Tech Lead

A culture of learning helps talented people have healthy and progressive careers, at whatever stage, and makes them less likely to move elsewhere.

Momina | Mentee | Newham

"At school you get taught a career is a doctor, lawyer, accountant. You don't get told what you can do on the creative side. People see that as a hobby."

Rasheka | Mentee | Holloway

"Vickie took time out to talk to me. I did some production work experience she helped me get. After CMN, I got a job at Warner Music."

Janelle | Mentee | Hammersmith

"Tom really helped me with my communication. Now I feel much more confident talking about my ideas with people I don't know."

Vickie Ridley | Mentor | Account Director

"Through CMN mentoring, I know I’m working at a company that is actively helping others as well as investing in their own employees’ development."

Gareth | Mentor | Creative Director

"I'm a Creative Director at Iris. When I was growing up none of my family went to university. I would have loved to have had a mentor."

Na'Imah | Mentee | Hackney

"My mentor was an Account Director at Iris. I loved learning about the strategy behind advertising campaigns."

Michael | Mentee | Newham

"I thought that Marketing was one huge department but there's much more to it that I wasn't aware of."

We're looking for mentors. 

We welcome companies, individuals, freelancers and collectives. You don't need to be in a creative role – your insights and advice will make a difference. Our programmes run for 16 weeks and you're likely to meet with your mentee every 1-2 weeks. Sign up to get more information about how to get involved.